Family Guy did something breathtaking and crazy fun when they killed off fan favorite character Brian Griffin a few weeks back in a gruesome death scene. We were among those who gasped and screamed at Family Guy creators for murdering Brian in a mystery hit-and-run. Then, just three weeks after his death, Family Guy brought Brian Griffin back to life for Christmas. We found ourselves more angry about his resurrection than when they killed him in the first place!
The problem, to us, is that you can’t take something so dramatic and controversial as killing off a beloved character (even in an animated show) and make it trite and trivial by just cancelling it out a few weeks later. It’s like that whole crap about Pam Ewing dreamed the whole ninth season of the original Dallas and Bobby Ewing came back to life. That was a total sellout to the fans who mourned for Bobby’s character.
Seth MacFarlane, the guy who created Family Guy, is bringing an updated version of The Flintstones back to network television. Â In a statement released by his reps, MacFarlane said that Fred Flintstone was the first character he ever drew, and that he was excited about having the change to bring the characters to life once again.
In the statement he joked, “I think America is finally ready for an animated sitcom about a fat, stupid guy with a wife who’s too good for him.” Â But don’t get terribly excited if you’re a fan of the Flintstones – apparently production is not going to begin until later this year, and since it takes forever to make animated shows, the series is not expected to air until 2013.
Mark Wahlberg is taking part in a new film project called Ted, a movie about a man who is best friends with a teddy bear. Â Yes, you read that right. Â The film will be directed by Seth MacFarlane, the genius behind Family Guy, and will mark his big-screen directorial debut. Â According to reports, the story involves a little boy who wishes that his teddy bear would become real, and it actually happens.
The two grow up together and continue to be best friends, even as adults. Â As you might imagine with a Seth MacFarlane movie, though, there’s an extra twist – the bear is a drunken slacker and is cramping Wahlberg’s style. Â Apparently the guy who does the voice of Stewie, Peter, and Brian on Family Guy is going to be the voice of the bear, so this should be good.
Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin and daughter Bristol Palin are furious over a Family Guy skit allegedly mocking Palin’s son Trig, who has Down syndrome.
In the Family Guy episode, the character of Chris dates a woman with Down syndrome who says her “dad’s an accountant, and my mom’s the former governor of Alaska.” Before his date, the Stewie character mocks Chris with a song called “Down Syndrome Girl”. There were also several tasteless jokes about the “short bus” and how the Down syndrome girl is “always shouting” – typical Family Guy fare really. Sarah and Bristol Palin, however, weren’t laughing.
“People are asking me to comment on yesterdayâ€™s Fox show that felt like another kick in the gut,” Sarah Palin wrote in a Facebook blog post. Bristol was one who asked what I thought of the show that mocked her baby brother, Trig (and/or others with special needs), in an episode yesterday. Instead of answering, I asked her what she thought. Here is her conscientious reply, which is a much more restrained and gracious statement than I want to make about an issue that begs the question, â€œwhen is enough, enough?”:
“People with special needs face challenges that many of us will never confront, and yet they are some of the kindest and most loving people youâ€™ll ever meet,” Bristol Palin said. “Their lives are difficult enough as it is, so why would anyone want to make their lives more difficult by mocking them? As a culture, shouldnâ€™t we be more compassionate to innocent people â€“ especially those who are less fortunate? Shouldnâ€™t we be willing to say that some things just are not funny?”
“If the writers of a particularly pathetic cartoon show thought they were being clever in mocking my brother and my family yesterday, they failed,” Bristol Palin concluded in her statement. “All they proved is that theyâ€™re heartless jerks.”